Creation Ethics

Creation Ethics : Reproduction, Genetics, and Quality of Life

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The ethics of creating-or declining to create-human beings has been addressed in several contexts: debates over abortion and embryo research; literature on "self-creation"; and discussions of procreative rights and responsibilities, genetic engineering, and future generations. Here, for the first time, is a sustained, scholarly analysis of all of these issues-a discussion combining breadth of topics with philosophical depth, imagination with current scientific understanding, argumentative rigor with accessibility. The overarching aim of Creation Ethics is to illuminate a broad array of issues connected with reproduction and genetics, through the lens of moral philosophy. With novel frameworks for understanding prenatal moral status and human identity, and exceptional fairness to those holding different views, David DeGrazia sheds new light on the ethics of abortion and embryo research, genetic enhancement and prenatal genetic interventions, procreation and parenting, and decisions that affect the quality of life of future generations. Along the way, he helpfully introduces personal identity theory and value theory as well as such complex topics as moral status, wrongful life, and the "nonidentity problem." The results include a subjective account of human well-being, a standard for responsible procreation and parenting, and a theoretical bridge between consequentialist and nonconsequentialist ethical theories. The upshot is a synoptic, mostly liberal vision of the ethics of creating human beings. "This is a valuable book on a fascinating topic, written by a major figure in the field. The topic of the ethics of creating people is both practically urgent, as new technologies develop for shaping human offspring, and also of great theoretical importance for ethics and meta-ethics because it engages the deepest issues, including those of moral status, the nature of justice, and identity. DeGrazia has already proved to be an important force in shaping the debate regarding these issues. Anyone writing on this topic will have to address this book head-on. The style is remarkably lucid and almost jargon-free. Given that the book is filled with complex, sustained argumentation, this is quite an accomplishment. This book will be of interest to legal scholars, philosophers working in normative ethics, meta-ethics, and bioethics, and public policy scholars." - Allen Buchanan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy, Duke Universityshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195389638
  • 9780195389630
  • 1,493,747

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Conclusions are offered with remarkable modesty and intellectual honesty - an important virtue when questions are both very difficult and highly controversial. The discussion is not only fittingly embedded in the philosophical literature, it also discusses the relevant facts and new developments in genetics as far as they are morally relevant. * Tim Meijers, Ethical Perspectives *show more

About David DeGrazia

David DeGrazia has served on the faculty of the George Washington University since 1989. Over the course of his career, he has been a dedicated teacher, a prolific scholar with publications in a wide range of topics in philosophy and bioethics, and Department Chair for one term. He lives with his wife and daughter in Silver Spring, Maryland.show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Prenatal Moral Status and Ethics ; 3. Creation Through Genetic Enhancement ; 4. Prenatal Genetic Interventions ; 5. Bearing Children in Wrongful Life Cases ; 6. Bearing and Caring for Children with Disadvantageshow more

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